28 Mar 2018

SOS on iRig Keys I/O 49: "You should definitely check it out!"

"An attractive controller keyboard that's portable yet full size"

"IK have made an attractive controller keyboard that's portable yet full-size and supports both iOS and desktop as equals. It is also currently unique in offering USB audio I/O."


Sound on Sound has been taking a look at iRig Keys I/O 49, courtesy of pro-audio specialist Simon Sherbourne. He was particularly impressed that iRig Keys I/O offers both MIDI control and an audio interface all in convenient mobile friendly format.

Here are some of his key comments:

"iRig Keys I/O 49 is an attractive, compact, master keyboard and audio interface providing a one-cable solution for simple computer or iPad-based music setups."

"The glossy panel, touch sliders and cool blue lights give it a pleasing futuristic appearance."

"A big plus is the use of touch-sensitive, endless encoders rather than basic pots."

"The iRig Keys I/O 49 is a light and portable, yet full-size, controller keyboard made for both iOS devices and computers."

"The keyboard feels positive and 'non-budget' and the pads are robust with decent sensitivity and range."

The ability to send messages on touch show a degree of sophistication that pros can dig into."

Simon's verdict is:

"IK have made an attractive controller keyboard that's portable yet full-size and supports both iOS and desktop as equals. It is also currently unique in offering USB audio l/O. lf this ticks all your boxes you should definitely check it out."

Key Plusses
+ All-in-one keyboard and audio interface
+ Phantom power and high impedance input
+ Configurable with up to 99 user pages
+ Custom iPad cradle

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